Monday, August 29, 2016

Quilting with Miss Piper

After a little conversation with my granddaughter Piper about her learning to quilt on my smaller longarm quilting machine, she was excited to try it. There happened to be a quilt show I like to enter coming up and they have a category for kids. I love this show, how it is run, the educational opportunities, and the people that run it.

Piper had her first chance on the longarm for quilting in July for our local quilt show, making a small wallhanging she constructed and quilted while sitting on my larger machine. By the expression on her face while quilting, I knew she loved it.

She and I decided her next quilting experience would be a pantograph on a quilt top I made last fall that is colorful and fun. She would have to follow a red dot laser on a simple paper pattern design. I felt it would give her more confidence in the machine and control deciding how to move, learning to control her speed and doing the best job she could.

She nailed it.

I want to say Piper just turned 8 the end of June this summer. She is a tall girl, but still a little girl with a short attention span, and prefers to play Minecraft, and watch SpongeBob. Pink is a fashion mainstay for her.

My main goal was to be patient with her, have the quilting sessions broken up into short time frames, and keep it fun but serious. On the serious side, I set up one row wrong for her and after she quilted the entire row, I realized I had to tear it out and have her redo it. This showed her 5 minutes of her quilting took me 30 minutes to tear out the goof.

Today Piper colored her custom label for her quilt. At the beginning of this project she declared the quilt would be given to one of her girlfriends for Christmas. Piper is a sweet girl with a huge heart of kindness.

Our next plan is for her to continue learning pantograph control by working on a Quilt of Valor next. She already knew I made them and has accompanied me when I've dropped them off at the local Veterans Office. It will be her turn to gift it to the office and enjoy the feeling of doing a good thing for a veteran.

Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 Black and White Challenge

Today is the unveiling of my Black and White challenge for the Art Beat Gallery. This is made using a white whole cloth quilted sandwich that I made in the past for a fabric painting class I taught a couple of friends. I quilted a medley of designs that I thought would paint nicely for them. I had 8 little sandwiches left over at the end of the class and they've been floating around my studio in a box in a cupboard. It was waiting for the right moment to be used. Zentangle has been a growing trend and that is what I focused on for this. I colored and drew in the quilted motifs using a Identi Pen in black that has a brush end and a fine tip end on the same pen.

After filling in the designs and letting it cure over night, I stitched the edge with a tight zig zag using a thin cord inside the stitching to give it a finished raised edge. I went over it 4 times and touched up any stray threads with a black magic marker.

After painting the canvas I glued the little quilt onto the canvas using Loctite GO2 Glue. It's currently my favorite for attaching fabric to canvases.

Place the canvas upside down and put some heavy books on it to let it dry flat.

I used a stencil and black paint for the lettering, and added a couple of black crystals.

Lastly will be attaching a hanger and sealing up the back with brown paper tomorrow.

Of course....then I will sign it.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Reaching my goals for 2015

As of this evening, I achieved my original Christmas customer quilt goals. There was a little cheating going on. One customer quilt was too big for the backing fabric, and can't go on until I find 1/3 yard more of the backing fabric. It wasn't a crucial piece to have done by Christmas according to the customer. The other part of the cheating is, I'm working on pieces that were dropped off this past week.....and you guessed right.....please have them finished before Christmas. This is not a complaint, just a comment on, "best laid plans".

In the longarm quilting home business, if you aren't behind, you are out of work. This is one of the times of the year when I will work very long hours to stay on top the jobs.
The photo is of my quilt Stellar Cool made a few years ago. It is a favorite and hangs in my home.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Almost missed a chance....

There are times when facebook is my friend. I saw a post by a fb friend that he had made the deadline for entering his quilt in the AQS Paducah show. I've gotten so wrapped up in the promise of finishing my customer quilts in a timely manner before Christmas and totally forgot about the deadlines coming up. I'm really bad about that. So tonight after dinner, my focus will be on getting my entry sent.

The picture attached to this post is NOT a picture of my entry, but it is a blast from the past. It is a close up of a small trapunto class sample for a class that I taught years ago. I colored it with Inktense pencils and added beads, and little x's.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's a Black and White Challenge

The new 2016 Black and White challenge notices for Art Beat gallery have come out.

Time to put on my thinking cap and sketch out a couple of ideas. Deadline is February.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

8 Quilts Away from.......

As of this morning I'm 8 quilts away from.....

1. Finishing customer quilts before Christmas.
2. Being able to work on a very large pile of Quilts of Valor for local veterans.
3. Being able to work on my unquilted tops.
4. Finish a show quilt ufo.
5. Plan my next show quilt.
6. Work on a book query.

As I get older my art fulfills me. It feeds my body and soul. It helps to keep me warm in the winter physically and spiritually. It brings joy to my family, and builds a legacy.

A Fire Under My @$%

Today is the first day of a better blogging behavior for me. I'm accepting the 31 day blogging challenge by Cheryl Sleboda. I plan to post each day for 31 days and hopefully, it will help me get in the habit of sharing more for you.

So lets get on our blogging hat.